The starting line on Staten Island is closed to spectators, so grab your morning coffee at Paneantico Bakery at Mile 2 and get ready to cheer the runners into Brooklyn as they come off the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge onto Fort Hamilton Parkway in Bay Ridge.
Start Times: Wheelchairs: 8:30 a.m.; Elite Women: 9:10 a.m.; Elite Men and the rest of the field: 9:40 a.m.
Miles 3 through 13 wind their way through neighborhoods like Park Slope, Fort Greene, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint, so there are plenty of good places to stop while you cheer the marathoners to the halfway point.
In Park Slope, grab breakfast or a Blue Sky Bakery muffin at Root Hill Cafe, around Mile 7. Or if you prefer booze for breakfast, Pacific Standard will be open early with $7 Marathon Marys on special.
Leaders pass at: 9:43 a.m.-9:54 a.m.; non-elites at 10:10 a.m.-12:46 p.m.
In Fort Greene, Lafayette Avenue transforms into a sidewalk festival with music, food, and lots of fellow revelers. Stop for a snack of a rosemary-aïoli-dressed BLT or a moist cheesecake brownie at Choice Market near the 8.5-mile mark.
Leaders pass at: 9:54 a.m.-10 a.m.; non-elites at 10:20 a.m.-1:10 p.m.
In Williamsburg, Marathon Sunday is basically a mile-long block party on Bedford Avenue. Blackbird Parlour, near the 11.5-mile mark, serves up breakfast, beer, and wine right on the course.
Leaders pass at: 10:05 a.m.-10:15 a.m.; non-elites at 10:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
Greenpoint, around the 12-mile mark, is the runners' last hurrah in Brooklyn. If you're still hungry, stop for brunch and a pint at the atmospheric Manhattan Inn.
Leaders pass at: 10:15 a.m.-10:20 a.m.; non-elites at 10:40 a.m.-2:05 p.m.